Vol 19 No 12

22 June 2009


 

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The adventures of Malcolm Turnbull

    • Jonathan Shaw
    • 03 July 2009
    2 Comments

    The great wave of Utegate has passed over us, leaving Malcolm Turnbull on the sands, chastened but apparently unrepentant, and far from exhausted. Reports of his political death are manifestly exaggerated.

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  • RELIGION

    Swine flu and the Eucharist

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 03 July 2009
    7 Comments

    The swine flu saga has been of interest mainly because the responses to it have shown what Australians consider to be important. That is also true of the response within Australian churches.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Masterchef cooks up fine reality trash

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 02 July 2009
    6 Comments

    The original UK Masterchef is the pinnacle of reality TV. Masterchef Australia is the theme park version, sacrificing excellence to entertainment. It may be a different beast to its predecessor, but it's not all bad, either.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Irish and Indigenous gathering places

    • Shane Howard with Regina Lane
    • 02 July 2009
    15 Comments

    Five generations ago, rural Irish migrants built and paid for St Brigid's church at Crossley in south-west Victoria. Today, the people of Crossley and Killarney are fighting to save the gathering place from private ownership.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Migration reform good news at last

    • Kerry Murphy
    • 01 July 2009
    1 Comment

    'Migration reform' rarely has positive connotations when dealing with refugees and asylum seekers. As asylum seekers continue to reach Australia by boat, reforms to Labor's immigration policies point to a more just approach.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Not a freakin' travel article

    • Susan Merrell
    • 01 July 2009
    6 Comments

    I try to guard against stereotyping, so on arrival in New York I had not given a thought to the loud, brash New Yorker of legend. Yet, they were all there, en masse. New York is full of ... well ... New Yorkers. And boy, are they loud!

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Five poems by Kevin Hart

    • Kevin Hart
    • 30 June 2009
    2 Comments

    Are you the rain my Grandma knew so well? .. You're cold enough and sharp enough, my friend .. Perhaps you're rushing from the same wet hell .. Perhaps you're lines some minor devil penned.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Turnbull's Utegate mudslide

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 30 June 2009
    3 Comments

    The biggest casualty in the Ozcar affair appears to be Malcolm Turnbull, whose approval rating has plummeted. Turnbull is learning that a politician's job security isn't just tied to their ability to play politics. It's also linked to their character.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Michael Jackson's tragic gift

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 29 June 2009
    6 Comments

    When celebrities die, public grief is disproportionate, because death reasserts the humanity of one who has seemed beyond it. Jackson had become so far removed from his humanity that the shock of his mortality is even more profound.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Towards an earth-friendly legal system

    • Peter D. Burdon
    • 29 June 2009
    2 Comments

    The law does not protect the natural world from destruction, but supports its destruction. The effect of regulation is that if a company ticks the right boxes and stays within the prescribed boundaries, its activity is acceptable.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Inside the Zimbabwe blast furnace

    • Munyaradzi Makoni
    • 26 June 2009
    2 Comments

    Yesterday's political archrivals are today's strange bedfellows. The coalition government of Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Mutambara has halted Zimbabwe's hemorrhaging. Now that a veneer of progress exists, can Zimbabwe heal itself?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Bird stories for a dry country

    • Tony Smith
    • 26 June 2009
    1 Comment

    Australia leads the world in mammalian extinction and in threatened species. The rag-tag group of contributors to Boom & Bust provide a timely scientific reminder that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to our own.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Indigenous Robin Hood's just desserts

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 25 June 2009
    6 Comments

    Jack Charles is an Aboriginal elder, professional actor and part-time criminal. He describes his acts of burglary as 'collecting the rent' from white suburbanites who dwell on what could rightfully be considered Aboriginal land.

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  • RELIGION

    Paradoxes of Christianity and Islam

    • Herman Roborgh
    • 25 June 2009
    4 Comments

    The scriptures of both Islam and Christianity are full of paradoxes. Some readers of paradoxes simply emphasise only one part of the paradox. Critics of Islam and of Christianity feast on one-sided interpretation of this sort.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The wobbly Anglican

    • Eleanor Massey
    • 24 June 2009
    5 Comments

    Neither lapsed nor nominal, but wandering — squizzing through church doors to check the whereabouts of altar, cross and candlesticks, before slipping into the back row. Last up to Communion, first out the door. A True Anglican.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Utegate: Wayne Swan's 'marginal crime'

    • John Warhurst
    • 24 June 2009
    10 Comments

    The Utegate affair has revealed once again that Australian politics at the federal level is not squeaky clean. Some interests and individuals do better out of the system than others. But neither is it deeply flawed and corrupt.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why people power won't reform Iran

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 23 June 2009
    3 Comments

    The disappointment of Iran's youths at the obviously rigged election results is now being played out in the streets in open defiance of the regime. Unfortunately the Islamic regime is in no mood to compromise.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The ultrasound

    • David McCooey
    • 23 June 2009

    Your ribs cast a tent of .. light, dramatic and impossible .. your bifurcated brain .. the chambers of your heart .. your spine, your face — surprisingly familiar and haunting

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Informed solutions to Australian slavery

    • Michael Mullins
    • 22 June 2009
    1 Comment

    Controversry over the documentary Stolen at this month's Sydney Film Festival underlined how difficult it is to even acknowledge that slavery exists. Suppression of information about slavery in Australia allows the slave trade to continue.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Plight of the 'skilled unemployed'

    • Beth Doherty
    • 22 June 2009
    12 Comments

    After returning home from six months of volunteer work overseas, my plan was that I would spend a couple of weeks looking, and that after a few resumés were sent out, the phone calls would start pouring in. They didn't.

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